What Makes An Orthopedic Impairment Affects A Child 's Educational Performance?

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Defined by IDEA, an orthopedic impairment is a bodily impairment that is severe enough to negatively affect a child’s educational performance. Examples of potential causes include genetic abnormality, disease, injury, birth trauma, amputation, burns, or other causes. Orthopedic impairments involve the skeletal system-bones, joints, limbs, and associated muscles. The importance of physical accommodations is vital to the child who suffers from such impairments. In the 2009-10 school year, 57,930 children between ages 6 and 21 received special education services under the category of orthopedic impairments. (Heward, pg. 381)
Educational accommodations differ for each student depending on their specific disability needs. Focusing on physical education, there are many different opinions on how to properly accommodate students with orthopedic impairments. IDEA requires that a variety of options for physical education be available for students with disabilities. Students who cannot participate in the usual type of physical education activities may receive an education that “consist(s) of related services, modifications and accommodations, supplementary aids and services, supports to school personnel, or specially designed instruction.” (Douglas ESD, pg. 7) An example of an accommodation/modification for a student who has an orthopedic impairment is to have such a student demonstrate an understanding of the rules of a particular sport. (Jung, Guskey, pg. 34) This…

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